MINSK, 31 March (BelTA) - Peace in the world is impossible without historical memory, while creation is the continuity of the historical path and a step into the future, Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he delivered his annual Address to the Belarusian people and the National Assembly on 31 March, BelTA has learned.
The head of state emphasized that last year a lot of attention was paid to the past of the Belarusian people. “The topic remains relevant. To a certain extent, the Year of Peace and Creation should become a continuation of the main idea of the Year of Historical Memory. Because peace in the world is impossible without historical memory, while creation is the continuity of the historical path and a step into the future. Patient evolutionary development, not the destruction and sweeping vilification of the past, is the idea we have been pursuing for more than a quarter of a century. That is why everything we have started to do to comprehend our past, its influence on the present and the future of Belarus should continue,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.
The president instructed the Council on Historical Policy to step up its efforts and introduce the concept of the Belarusian statehood in all spheres of life. “It is necessary to develop common approaches to the interpretation of epochal events. Let me be more specific: people need to know who our heroes are, and educate new generations of Belarusians by their examples. Khatyn, Ola, Borki, Brest Fortress and all the places of tragedy and heroism of the Belarusian people, the peoples of the USSR, the nation of winners should become places of pilgrimage and veneration. They should become so for our children in the first place,” the Belarusian leader said.
The head of state added that on 23 September 2023 Belarus will celebrate the 80th anniversary of liberation of the first village of Komarin from Nazi invaders, which will give the start to a series of large scale events to mark the liberation of Belarus.